By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
The Madison Central coaching staff came into spring practice looking to fill holes left by graduating seniors at almost every position on the field.
And after Friday night’s annual Blue-Red Scrimmage, they certainly believe they have some young talent that is ready to step into the lineup next season and make an impact.
Freshman Cameron Thomas caught three touchdown passes, tight end Sam Jones and freshman John Williams had two TDs each and freshman Aaron Slone was solid at quarterback as the Blue Team picked up a 34-28 win.
“We are going to have a young group,” Central coach Bert Browne said. “An extremely young group. I think we’ve only got 10 seniors. It was a good spring. I was pleased.”
The game was tied 14-14 at halftime, but the Blue Team hit a couple of long pass plays and scored 20 straight points.
The Blue Team was led by Jones and Williams and quarterback Christian Spiller, a transfer from Berea Community.
Sophomore Jonathan Tye also rushed for a score for the Blue Team.
The Red Team rallied behind Slone and Thomas. The duo hooked up for a pair of second-half touchdowns to get their squad back within seven points.
Caleb McClurg also had a TD for the Red Team.
“I’m extremely pleased with Aaron Slone,” Browne said. “He took every snap just about this spring because he was the only quarterback out there most of the time. He has gotten so much better and it showed tonight.”
Ben Durham hit all eight of his extra-point attempts and was two-of-two on field goal attempts.
The Indians had several players miss spring practice because of commitments to other sports — track and baseball — still, Browne was pleased with the progress he saw from his offensive line, in particular.
Still, there’s a long way to go for this young group before the season opener (Aug. 24).
“We are going to have to get a lot better before we play Harlan County,” Browne said.